After moving to London and playing chess in local leagues, co-founder Dylan Mize realised there was something lacking in university chess; that is, a league linking universities across the UK. A series of discussions followed with co-founder Michael Green, resulting in the transformation of this idea into a reality. Other members of the UCL Chess Society committee have since become involved, leading to the development of a team of motivated students to deliver Britain’s first University Chess League. We hope it will serve as a fun and exciting way to spread our love for chess, and through it provide a platform for intercollegiate exchange. We will do all we can to ensure the inaugural season of PUCL is a success, and that it continues on as an annual staple event in British university chess.
Meet the team
Co-founder of the PRO University Chess league, and Vice President of UCL Chess Society. Dylan's original idea of taking university chess to the next level in this fast-paced and exciting league has finally taken shape. Taking inspiration from the PRO Chess League, Dylan has worked hard to adapt this format for British university chess and hopes to achieve similar levels of excitement. Dylan will be one of the chief arbiters throughout the group stages and playoffs.
Co-founder of the PRO University Chess league, and Events Director of UCL Chess Society. Together with Dylan, Michael was quick to bring the PUCL to life by designing an eye-catching website to match the modern vibe of the PUCL. As well as organising the league and becoming an ECF grading administrator for the league, Michael will be captaining the UCL team (Bentham's Bishops) as he looks forward to an upcoming season of success!
Chief arbiter for the PRO University Chess League, and President of UCL Chess Society. Lawrence will ensure the league runs smoothly.
As Society Treasurer, Mo ensures the smooth processing and safe bookkeeping of all financial transactions and sponsorship contracts. He will also be around to assist during PUCL fixtures.
Chess & Bridge
London's Traditional Board Game Shop
Chess and Bridge Games is Europe’s biggest chess shop and chess resource. They stock everything you need to learn or enjoy the game, sets, boards, books, software, magazines, souvenirs, trophies, pens, DVD's and more! They also have a great selection of products for the game of Bridge - bidding boxes, card tables, decorative cards and gift sets.
It doesn't stop there! They also stock classic family board games like Monopoly, Scrabble and Jenga. Let's not forget the fantastic Settlers of Catan including all the expansions and 5-6 player extensions.
The Regency Chess Company
The Regency Chess Company has been established for over ten years and has become one of the UK’s most prominent online chess retailers. Their products are sourced from the best chess producers around the world and are all available to order from stock with immediate shipping to UK, Europe and the USA.
Rob Willmoth Chess Coaching
Rob Willmoth is a British Master and experienced Chess Coach for students of all levels and ages. He is the organizer of London's top junior club, the Barnet Knights.